Circle of Life East Anglia
Circle of Life East Anglia provide a bespoke independent celebrant service, offering a wide range of ceremonies to cover every life event.
From joyful occasions such as weddings, baby namings and vow renewals to those ceremonies where a fitting and respectful tribute is required, at a funeral or memorial service.
Whilst we are Norfolk-based celebrants, we are happy to venture much further afield to conduct ceremonies.
As independent celebrants, we can include religious content if you wish, unlike our humanist colleagues.
Our aspiration is simple - we want to help you to create the perfect ceremony, whatever the occasion.
"We all have our time machines.
Some take us back, they're called memories.
Some take us forward, they're called dreams."
Introducing your Independent Celebrants, Sue and Sarah....
We have both worked previously as Registrars of Births, Deaths & Marriages so can therefore guide and support you with our extensive knowledge of any legal formalities which may be required prior to your ceremony.
We are here to guide you every step of the way and have a wealth of experience between us so rest assured, you will be in the safest of hands.
Sue lives in Wisbech, Sarah lives in Fakenham but we are happy to travel anywhere - East Anglia and beyond! We can discuss any additional mileage costs where applicable.
We have been trained by and are members of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants.
Unique, bespoke and unforgettable
Circle of Life deliver bespoke and personal ceremonies that reflect your individuality and personal preferences. Whether you are planning a Marriage Ceremony, Renewal of Vows or a Civil Partnership Ceremony, we will work closely with you to achieve exactly the ceremony you dream of.
You may choose to incorporate a symbolic ritual such as hand-fasting, a rose ceremony or a sand ceremony; perhaps lighting a unity candle or 'jumping the broom'. There are so many unique and inspiring options for you to choose from and we can guide and advise you, as you make your choices. You can even have your beloved family pet(s) attend – we have had ring-bearing dogs at ceremonies before now!
You can be as creative in designing your ceremony as you wish - both in terms of location and ceremony content. Our ceremonies have been held on many forms of transport, from river boats to double decker buses, on beaches and in bluebell woods, as well as in private homes and beautiful gardens. You can hold your ceremony at any time of day that suits you, without any restrictions.
You can tailor the content and order of the ceremony to exactly meet your wishes, rather than being bound by the restrictive, pre-determined script of a wedding in a register office or at an approved venue.
In order to complete the legal formalities before a Wedding Ceremony or Civil Partnership Ceremony, you need to book an appointment at your local Register Office. Having worked previously as Local Authority Registrars, we can guide you as to exactly what you need to do to fulfil these legal preliminaries.
The whole structure and content of your wedding will be designed by you, with us providing the experience and knowledge to pull your ideas together. We can guide you with writing your own personal vows to each other, or we can write everything for you. You retain full editorial rights throughout! It means that you’ll have a ceremony script totally unique to you - that’s how personal it is…
We also offer bespoke ceremonies to celebrate milestone anniversaries or marriage vows made overseas. Perhaps you've been through a difficult period in your marriage and wish to reaffirm the vows you had previously made to each other. Whatever your reason for wanting to renew your vows, we are here to create the perfect ceremony.
Respectful, meaningful and appropriate
Unfortunately so many people go to a funeral of a friend or family member and find it doesn't remotely resonate with the person they knew and loved.
Funerals are the last and final chance we have to say our goodbyes; to honour the person who has died and to pay tribute to them in the most appropriate manner. It’s one of the hardest things in life that any of us have to do and it's a crucial part of the grieving process to ensure that the final farewell is exactly right.
Working closely with Funeral Directors, we provide sympathetic and respectful home visits to help you develop a funeral service that reflects the life of the person who lived. We can offer guidance regarding music, poems and readings, to really capture the essence of the person you loved.
Unlike our Humanist colleagues, we are happy to incorporate hymns and other religious content within the service. We often hear people say that they don't necessarily want a fully religious service for their loved one but would like inclusion of a hymn or the Lord's Prayer, for example. You have full control over the elements included within the service.
We encourage participation from family and friends and can discuss this with you at the family meeting. Our priority is to ensure that the life of your loved one is celebrated in the most fitting and appropriate manner.
For those people who are terminally ill or simply want to plan their own funeral we would be honoured to help you to achieve the appropriate ceremony for you. Please contact us to discuss your personal circumstances.
Welcoming bundles of joy into the family!
Baby Naming Ceremonies are one of the earliest opportunities to welcome a new baby into the circle of family and friends.
Namings can be as formal or informal as you wish. The location might be your home or garden, a village hall, a hotel function room or a place special to your family.
These ceremonies involve you making a lifelong commitment to the loving and responsible parenting of your child, with your friends and family committing to support you in the nurturing and development of your child.
You can also choose other family members or friends to take on guiding roles in your child's life. The word ‘Godparent’ can still be used for these roles but you can also use terms such as ‘Supporter’, ‘Guardian’ or ‘Guideparent’.
Naming Ceremonies can run exactly as you want them to - you can include religious elements if you wish. Through the promises you make, you share your love, hope and dreams for your child. You can choose the music, poems and other symbolic rituals such as tree or rose planting, sand ceremonies and promise boxes.
A new child in the family is worthy of a joyful and meaningful celebration, and Circle of Life can help you create this with an appropriate sense of occasion.
Please send us your feedback by email, to enable us to always strive for the best.
Kate, Billy & Ellie
Dear Sarah. We would like to thank you for the service you did for Emma, you managed to bring her back to us and we will be forever grateful for that. You did a wonderful job and we would recommend you to anyone.
Hi Sarah. Thank you so much for the way you did the service for Dave. The comments from friends and relations were so lovely and they all wanted to know your name. You certainly know how to put a eulogy together.
Luke, David & Liz: Dear Sarah, we would like to thank you for Mum's eulogy. It was really lovely, as people have said it was the best they have heard for a while.
John C: A very supportive and professional service from Sarah at my dear wife Pat's recent funeral. Highly recommended.
Emma & Paul Aitken: A Massive thank you so Sarah who made our wedding ceremony so special. We're so pleased we got the chance to meet you at The Red Barn Wedding Show. We had no idea that this was an option for us. Our wedding ceremony was totally customised to suit us and it made it so personal, we didn't have to stick to any rules. We had a hand fasting ceremony with Sarah and she was incredible! Such a beautiful person inside and out, she was extremely helpful and patient with us throughout the whole process and amazing on the day. Nearly everyone commented on how good she was. Thank you once again for making our day perfect. Emma & Paul x
Susie and Sam: Dear Sarah. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for conducting our wedding so wonderfully on Friday! You were so sincere in the delivery of the ceremony, it was truly heartfelt and far more meaningful than many ceremonies we have attended. You made us feel calm and relaxed even when we were a little jittery! So thank you for helping to make it so special! It was a truly wonderful day from start to finish!
Jean Higgs: To Sarah and all the Celebrants a massive Thank You! Your sensitive bespoke service is exceptional and goes beyond just conducting a ceremony. Its what unforgettable memories are made of...Jean, Aiden, Lynda, Tony, Deidre and Christian
James: Dear Sue. Thank you so much for everything on the day and leading up to the memorial service. You helped make a tough time much more manageable and deliver the kind of service that felt just right. Best wishes, James.
Sue F: Dear Sarah How can I thank you? There were many compliments about you and yes, the day went well. So many people from near and far. Thank you again for making a very difficult day right for everyone. One lady, who has known John for 30 years, said "You know I'm very religious - but I think that was wonderful." So it was right.
Jackie D: Dear Sarah, Thank you so much for the wonderful service you led for my dear brother last week. The calm and reassuring way you talked about John, and guided us all through the music, poetry and eulogy, was so comforting. Sue had told me beforehand that you had researched John's background in quite some detail, and that was clear from the lovely things you said about him. He was a lovely man, full of kindness and humour, and the number of old friends and relatives who spoke to me about him with genuine warmth reflected that. Again, thank you, from the heart.
Belinda F: Hi Sarah, it went absolutely beautifully, thank you. I'm so grateful to both you and Sue for everything, the wonderful script, support in the run-up and on the day, and Sue's wonderful delivery. Couldn't have been better, Mum would have been so pleased.
Jo & Debs Gale-Hawkes: I recommend Sue Dewing as a celebrant without hesitation. She made our wedding ceremony special and personal. Sue met with us beforehand and explained everything, put our minds at rest and ensured our ceremony was flawless. Sue coped brilliantly when a very warm day caused a few hot guests! I always thought of the ceremony as the most nerve raking part of a wedding but it was a real pleasure with Sue presiding. All of my guests remarked how special Sue made our wedding. Looking back she was the most important piece of the jigsaw that made our perfect day. You will not regret Sue being your celebrant, whatever the occasion.